Thurrock Council v Morrison: Small businesses suffer as £1.4 million payment with-held

THE WAR between Thurrock Council and building repairs company Morrison intensified this week as the council “pulled the plug” on this months million pound payment.

Over the past year, YT has chronicled the battle between the council and Morrison over the delivery of a number of aspects of the contract.

In September, chief executive, Graham Farrant threw down the gauntlet saying it was time for Morrison to “Shape up or ship out.”

On Wednesday night, council leader John Kent hinted that negotiations had taken a step on.

In a correspondence seen by YT, Morrison have told companies that: “Due to our client not settling their commitments with Morrison to the value of £1.4m+. It’s with great regret there will not be a payment run for Thurrock as informed by central finance.

We are trying to resolve this problem with the client and hope to be able to continue with payments as soon as possible. We would like to apologise for this situation and we will keep you informed of any changes.

A company director, who did not wish to be named said: “Whoever is right or wrong, small businesses are being used as some form of human shield.

“This is the hardest week of the year and the two of them have to sort it out or even more companies may go under.”

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